December 18, 2016 – Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)

These old world flycatchers are found in the majority of Eurasia and parts of northern Africa. They eat mostly insect larvae and some other invertebrates, such as earthworms, spiders, and snails. In autumn they also eat berries and seeds. Male redstarts sing from high perches to define their breeding territory. Females build nests in holes in rocks or buildings from dry grass and leaves, lining them with hair, wool, and feathers. The females also incubate the eggs and both parents feed the chicks.


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